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100 Years of Robert Johnson
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on March 1, 2011
I got an early release of this cd and have listened to it non-stop. It sounds fantastic on a proper sound system! This tribute to Robert Johnson by Big Head Todd and the Monsters along with Hubert Sumlin, BB King, Charlie Musslewhite, Cedric Burnside, Lightin Malcom, Ruthie Foster and Honeyboy Edwards is so very well done and captures the spirit and sound of Robert Johnson. All Robert Johnson songs on the cd - some acustic and just like the original version, and others electric and fantastic renditions. All toe tapping blues for sure. An excellent recording. All the musicians sound so good on this cd. Big Head Todd and the Monsters always make tight, high quality music, but I must say that this blues cd with Big Head Blues Club is exceptional. Love it!
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on March 3, 2011
A little background: Robert Johnson was the muscian who is said to have "sold his soul" at the Crossroads, then died a dramatic death at the age of 27. BB covers that song on this recording. "Honeyboy" Edwards was a friend of Johnson's, and in interviews, talks of life and Delta Blues in the 30s.

This recording is essential for knowledgeable blues pros down to basic blues beginners. The mix of several blues guitar styles (including Howlin' Wolf's Huber Sumlin) keeps the entire album interesting and makes each song new. When you listen, you can feel the heart and soul poured into this labor of love. This is much more than a tribute disc, its a basic element to your collection. Enjoy!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on March 1, 2011
This is truly a wonderful tribute to the Robert Johnson tunes. I am playing this over and over.
It has feeling, it has soul. Inclusion of Honeyboy Edwards, Sumlin, and BB King,., way cool.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 19, 2011
Today I received this awesome album. I immediately shoved in my CD player and boy this is great stuff...it amazes me that the Robert Johnson catalog still can thrill...after all these years it keeps on working...the last title "Sweet Home Chicago" on the CD is a little out of tune but is played by the 95 old (OMG) Honeyboy Edwards, so that's understandingly why...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Robert Johnson has but twenty nine recorded songs, and a mere handful of others that have been attributed to him. Johnson has been a man of mystery and legend, being the only person I believe who actually meet with and spoke to the Devil. During the blues powered 60's everyone from Led Zeppelin, to Cream and The Rolling Stones have given nods, or recorded his songs. While currently Eric Clapton, Peter Green, John Hammond, and even that boy from Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, Todd Rundgren have recorded tributes to him ... some better than others, and some downright embarrassing.

With this current state of musical affairs, and tributes being flashed about like badges to say that they [the artists] know their roots, you've gotta ask yourself one question ... possibly two. "Exactly what are these folks bringing to the table," and "Is it necessary or worthwhile?" Sadly the answer to the first question is "Nothing." Sure, Big Head Blues Club has assembled a stellar cast of gunslingers, but they're not reinventing the wheel, they're not even doing anything that hasn't been done before. Which brings me to the second question, and the answer there is "No." Fans of Robert Johnson want to hear those traditional blues, and if they want to hear them updated then there are artists like Rory Block who manage to make the blues feel both timeless and new. And no, I'm not forgetting you rockin' power chord blues fans either ... you too are going to be disappointed as well. Johnson's music has been twisted, it's been bent over, under, and sideways down, it's been electrified, acousti-fied, played with a violin bow, and ripped a hole in the sky with effects peddles. Blues music is supposed to sound effortless and honest, because it's from the heart and it's about real life. What's been done to these wonderful pieces of luster often sound like way too much work and effort as these artists show off their guitar faces, and sweeping gestures. So, when push comes to shove, give me the gentle original hand of Robert Johnson anytime.

From this collection I kept but three tracks, three tracks that I felt showed me something new, and would stand up by themselves during a blues' rotation ... "Cross Road Blues," "Last Fair Deal Gone Down," and "All My Love Is Love In Vain."

Review by Jenell Kesler
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 13, 2013
I caught the concert tour in Santa Barbara and it was amazing, Todd came out and did 2 songs, just his voice, then picked up a Dobro and did another, then was joined by The Monsters as well as Mississippi natives Cedric Burnside and Lightinin' Malcolm. They tore through some amazing versions of Robert Johnson's catalog. Then David "Honeyboy" Edwards was carefully lead on stage. He moved slowly, but his hands still had plenty of skill on the guitar and showed a humble gratitude for all the well deserved applause he earned. Next up was Hubert Sumlin, fragile, with an oxygen tank and yet a humble grace that belied the musical skill that he still held. In a few months these great men were gone and I felt blessed to have seen them, even in their sunset. Why only 4 stars? Well, Todd's vocals just don't seem right, the power, flexibility and depth that I experienced that night, and have in his work with the Monsters, isn't there in this recording, Call it 4-1/2 stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 11, 2011
Wonder where some of the tunes these days recorded by popular artists come from. Now you know. Here is the "history of the blues." A must have for the real music lover.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This is an amazing collection of great music, performed with zest. If you like the blues, this is a must have.
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Robert Johnson recorded only 29 songs between 1936 and 1937 before his unfortunate and mysterious death at age 27, (the first of the infamous "27" musicians club) yet his influence and music have not only survived, but flourished well into the present day.

Many have covered his music, now Todd's Band and his exceptional guests give it a go with amazing results.

This is quite a tribute to a very influential artist. Todd's vocals echoed Robert Johnson's style, pitch perfect.

I give this tribute a standing ovation and hope that The Big Head Blues Club reassembles in the future for many more tributes or produce a new batch of blues releases of their own.
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on December 5, 2011
Big Head does justice to Robert Hohnson. I love it!Great for parties and listening to alone. Great guitar.Anyone that likes blues will like this one.
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